The chaotic, poetic, and artistic transcription reflects the sentimental value of people in general. The value of giving power to an idea. The very fact that cinema is nothing but a contextual reality within the boundaries of simulated reality is something that makes the French New wave ultimately valuable and undeniable. As Hegel said that truth is not alone derivative to a synchronized idea but a medium through which logic is generated.
But I believe the philosophical derivation from Kant to Hegel to Schopenhauer to Foucault is only a descriptive analysis unbecoming of reality. But please allow me to elucidate.
The finer things in life have an option, Just like literature art and aesthetics, cinema itself transcended the boundaries of frames and shots and into the world of philosophy became the art that encompasses other arts to justify a single truth.
If not for French New wave one wouldn’t have understood what a simple truth looked like what a truth felt like. Other than that the rest is pretty sublime.
1.The Mother and Whore (1973)
By : Jean Eustache
In this sexually frank French drama, the aimless young Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Léaud) juggles his relationships with his girlfriend, Marie (Bernadette Lafont), and a casual lover named Veronika (Françoise Lebrun). The dialogue-heavy film focuses intently on the love triangle, with Marie increasingly jealous of Alexandre’s fling with Veronika. As the trio continues their unsustainable affair, the emotional stakes get higher, leading to conflict and unhappiness.
By : Claud Chabrol
Paul, a dissolute, profligate and jaded Parisian, takes in his naïve, innocent and idealistic cousin Charles from the provinces who is something of a mama’s boy while they both attend law school. Paul takes Charles to a club at which he meets the beautiful Florence, who has the reputation of being a slut because she has slept around with every man in Paul’s circle of friends. She takes an interest in Charles, who knows nothing of her past, and he kisses and falls desperately in love with her. What happens next is a blatant massacre of feelings.
By : Jean Luc Godard
This dark French comedy by Jean-Luc Godard focuses on a group of students who have embraced Maoist ideals and strive to incite revolution through terrorist violence. Two of the members, Guillaume (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Véronique (Anne Wiazemsky), are romantically linked, though their relationship is strained by their commitment to the cause. The group eventually plots to assassinate a high-ranking Russian government official who is visiting Paris, but things don’t go according to plan.
4.Céline and Julie Go Boating (Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies Over Paris)
By : Jaques Rivette
Julie is sitting on a park bench reading a book of magic spells when a woman (Céline) walks past, and begins dropping (à la Lewis Carroll’s White Rabbit) various possessions. Julie begins picking them up, and tries to follow Céline around Paris, sometimes at a great pace (for instance, sprinting up Montmartre to keep pace with Céline’s tram). After adventures following Céline around the Parisian streets—at one point it looks as if they have gone their separate ways, never to meet up again—Céline finally decides to move in with Julie. There are incidents of identity swapping, with Céline pretending to be Julie to meet the latter’s childhood sweetheart, for example, and Julie attempting to fill in for Céline. A mind boggling film with identity swapping and existentialism at its core it’s a must watch.
5.A Grin Without a Cat
By : Chris Marker
The original expression in French is “Le fond de l’air est frais”,meaning “there is a chill/a nip in the air”. Chris Marker replaced the last word, “frais” (fresh), with “rouge” (red), so the original title translates to There is Red (communism/socialism) in the Air. A politically charged film to put a lot of people to shame. Dealing with the coup in Chile leading to the downfall of Salvador Allende, the Prague Spring with brief shots of Raccoon, a mockumentary indeed with a deep message.
6.La Pointe Courte
By : Agnes Varda
A young woman arrives on the Paris train at the port of Sète, where she is met by her husband who grew up there. Not sure whether she wants to continue their marriage, she has come to talk it through. As the couple wander around the fishermen’s quarter, the film shows the life of its inhabitants. The women look after their homes and their children, one of whom falls ill and dies. The men in small boats follow their ancient trade, perturbed by pollution of the lagoon where they catch shellfish. The authorities try to stop use of the lagoon, with one young fisherman being arrested and jailed.
7.Night and Fog
By : Alain Resnais
Night and Fog is a documentary that alternates between past and present, using both black-and-white and colour footage. The first part of Night and Fog shows remnants of Auschwitz while the narrator Michel Bouquet describes the rise of Nazi ideology. The film continues with comparisons of the life of the Schutzstaffel to the starving prisoners in the camps. Bouquet then shows the sadism inflicted upon the doomed inmates, including scientific and medical experiments, executions, and rape. The next section is shown completely in black-and-white, and depicts images of gas chambers and piles of bodies. The final topic of the film depicts the liberation of the country, the discovery of the horror of the camps, and the questioning of who was responsible for them.
By : Jacques Demy
Lola, a cabaret dancer, is pursued by her childhood friend Roland. However, she pays no heed to his affections as she wants to be with Michel, the man who abandoned her and their son. A story of discovery and betrayal and more importantly a very honest take on gender.
9.Shoot the Piano Player
By : François Truffaut
Charlie makes his living by playing piano at a bar. He is in love with Lena who works as a waitress. One day, when his brother Chico gets chased by two gangsters, Charlie helps him to escape them. If not murder then how would you feel if I told you somebody is in love with the concept of love? That’s exactly what the film is about.
By : Eric Rohmer
Set on the south coast of France in August, it portrays the shifting relationships between four very different characters who, as in the comedies of Marivaux, play games of love and chance. The girl, who seduces two of the men and is resisted by the third, is called the collectionneuse.